13 & 14th November, 2021
8 am -11 am (Sydney, AUST) or 10 am - 1 pm (Auckland, NZT) each day
2021 Virtual Retreat
This 2 days online event will deepen your embodiment, develop your movement analysis skills, increase mindful and bodyful awareness, develop your creativity, reflective and therapeutic skills — both personally and professionally. The retreat develops through three different overlapping phases; first deepening your practice as a mover, then developing witnessing skills, and further articulating and practicing verbal interventions, therapeutic holding, evaluating and structuring options for different therapeutic situations.
Facilitated by Connor Kelly
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Throughout our lives, we long to be seen in our wholeness. Daniel Seigel suggests we “...not only want to be seen, we want to feel felt.”
Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound process between a Mover and a Witness. The Mover closes eyes and follows inner impulses. Listening deeply to inner stirrings the mover brings un/preconscious material through the body into consciousness. The Witness sits eyes open and tracks their own experience in relation to the mover and notices their projections, interpretations and judgments. The Witness holds the consciousness or container, particularly in the beginning. The Mover is developing their Inner Witness while the Witness develops their inner Mover.
This retreat will offer the opportunity to deepen and glimpse into the full evolution of the form. The opening session will explore the role of a mover developing deep listening while moving in the presence of a non-judgmental witness. Dyadic and Triadic structures will follow so that the witness role develops. The final collective circles, the breath circle and the long circle will illustrate how the form evolves fluidly into an organic ritual that holds the totality of our Human Experience. Both our wounds and healing come through a relationship. Authentic Movement is a practice that addresses multiple levels of relationship, self, other and collective.
VENUE: Virtual (Zoom)
DURATION: 13 & 14th November 2021
Saturday and Sunday - 6 hours in total
8-11 am Sydney
10-1 pm New Zealand
COST: $100 USD or $135 NZD before 01 November 2021 via Paypal or NZ bank transfer.
To guarantee your spot, please email Connor Kelly at
We would like to know what is your experience with Authentic Movement, what are dietary needs, etc... Please drop us an email so we can arrange it in advance.
About the facilitator:
E. Connor Kelly, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, DTAA (Prof DMT)
Connor has been practicing Authentic Movement since 1985 and offering groups and workshops since 1990. She has been studied with Janet Adler, Tina Stromsted, Neala Haze and Zoe Avstreih.
Connor has facilitated workshops in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. She trained as a dance/movement Therapist at New York University and has worked with developmentally disabled adults, frail elderly, brain-injured adults, children and families, children in the schools and adults. Connor co-facilitates a practice called Physical Storytelling that she co-created with her husband Dr Steve Harvey. Connor also is a La Leche League Leader supporting mothers with breastfeeding and teaches yoga.
She lives in Guam, USA.